Faculty Joanna L. Grossman, Professor of Law

Published on March 13, 2012 | by LawNews

Prof. Joanna Grossman Discusses Nontraditional Marriage Officiants in The New York Times


In most states, marriage licenses are freely granted to couples being wed by ministers ordained online. State marriage laws, however, often do not explicitly address whether such ministers are qualified to preside over weddings. Some legal scholars say the vague areas in those laws open the possibility, however remote, for marriages to be vulnerable to legal challenges.

Joanna L. Grossman, a professor at Hofstra Law School who has written about the topic, said the marriages could be challenged in the context of annulments or estate battles, for example. “The states need to make clear whether they’re valid or not,” she said.

To read the full article, visit nytimes.com.

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